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Something strange is happening in Digg land

Social site suffers editing
Fri Apr 21 2006, 09:02
THERE is something going on at the news site which indicates that it might not be as user driven as it appears.

The whole idea of the site is that ordinary people post a news story which is commented on and blogged by readers. A popular story is 'dug' and it gets pushed up the ladder of success. Digg's FAQ claims that it is up to the users, not an editor, to decide what goes onto the home page.

However, Forever Geek, alleges that the site is appearing to be edited with stories being found and dug by a set team of people.

On the bottom of a story, digg notes who has dugg an article, and it lists them in order. Against all the laws of probability, two stories had the same sixteen people digg the story in the same sequence. The seventh digger of one article (Insomn1a) was the seventh digger of the other article.

And who was the 17th digger of each article? Come on down Kevin Rose, Digg's creator and founder.

And how did Digg react to the information posted on Forever Geek? Well according to Forever Geek, Digg simply banned its users from posting Forever Geek stories at its site so they would never know. The yarn has appeared here and on Slashdot so it has proved a little difficult for Digg to hide the story now. µ

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